Marvel is not only dominating the film industry with the Marvel Cinematic Universe but they are also ruling TV and streaming services. With ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Netflix’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the upcoming Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and The Punisher plus Marvel TV’s upcoming Cloak and Dagger, there are lots of Marvel characters already gracing our screens. With reports of Hulu’s Runaways as yet another Marvel property coming to TV, we look at some other Marvel comics and characters that deserve a TV show.
Note: This article contains spoilers from some Marvel Comics
Namor the Sub-Mariner
Marvel Studios currently has the rights to Namor the Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie), the mutant son of a human sea captain and an Atlantean princess. He has the super-strength and aquatic abilities of the Homo Mermanus as well as other powers like flight. The Sub-Mariner has remained a historically important and fairly popular Marvel character although in February 2016 Namor died in Squadron Supreme Vol 4 #1.
One reason he deserves a TV show is that it would allow Marvel Television to expand their horizons to the ocean. In the comics, he is a member of the Avengers and the Defenders which would allow for some crossover within the Marvel Universe. The show could also be Marvel’s answer to DC’s Aquaman movie.
Richard Rider is a member of the intergalactic police force known as the Nova Corps. Through his involvement with the Nova Corps, he gained superhuman abilities including enhanced strength, flight, and resistance to injury. Richard was an unlikely choice to be a Nova when he first inherited the mantle as a teen. But after the destruction of the Nova Corps and its home planet, Xandar, Rider became the only Nova left to carry on its legacy of protecting the galaxy. He was a powerful hero until he sacrificed himself in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 #20.
If he had his own show, Marvel could explore their greater universe that began with Guardians of the Galaxy. His show could also be a huge link to that film since he is a main member of the Nova Corps but hasn’t been mentioned in the films.
Ulysses Cain is Marvel’s newest Inhuman and is the main focus of Civil War II. He was once an ordinary Ohio State University student until Black Bolt released the Terrigen Cloud that swept through the campus. Ulysses was exposed to the cloud and underwent Terrigenesis, thus gaining the ability to forecast the future.
If Ulysses had a show, Marvel could do a series like Minority Report where he stops crimes before they happen. Marvel could also do a Civil War II-type show which could be a crossover between all the Marvel Universe shows.
Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel)
Introduced in 2013 before getting a solo series in 2014, Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel was soon one of Marvel’s most popular characters. Kamala was a huge fan of superheroes, having devotedly followed the career of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel who started going by the name Captain Marvel. One night, Kamala snuck out of her house against her parents’ wishes to attend a party. While there, her classmates tease and ostracize her. On her way home, Terrigen Mists enveloped Jersey City. Kamala fell unconscious and woke up wearing a replica of Danvers’ previous Ms. Marvel costume having transformed into Carol Danvers as part of her subconscious desire. Her powers allow her to stretch, deform, expand, or compress any part of her body into any imaginable shape.
She deserves her own series because she is one of Marvel’s most popular characters and Marvel needs more female and minority superheroes. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has already introduced Inhumans, so her show would also allow for some crossover.
These are just a few Marvel comics and characters that deserve a TV show. Marvel will undoubtedly bring on many more characters for future shows, so who knows which one will be next?